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Chinese Fire-bellied Newt

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: N/A

Appearance

4/5

Health

3/5

Activity level

4/5

Temperament

4/5

Visibility

4/5

Easy to handle

3/5

Easy To feed

N/A

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

N/A

Easy to provide environmental needs

N/A

Easy to provide habitat

3/5

Poisonous!!

By

Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Posted Feb 13, 2013

No, I'm not joking, they are poisonous but this didn't put me off. They are nowhere near poisonous enough to kill you unless you start licking them but this does mean that after handling them your hands should be thoroughly washed, this is also why I would say they probably aren't the most suited pet for a child under the age of 8. You should also wash your hands (without soap) before handling them. OK so hand washing aside these make brilliant pets, partly because they are so low effort and partly because they are so pretty. They have black bodies and bright orange/red bellies and they look stunning in your tank. They should be housed only with other fire bellied newts and not with any other species and they should have water at room temperature (~18 degrees centigrade) and some land available, this can be gravel that is piled up or other items which provide a platform. They are simple to look after, all you need to do is change around 60% of the water with fresh water once a week but remember not to get any soap in the water, this is toxic to them. They eat pellets, freeze dried food and live food such as bloodworm and water fleas which can be bought from some pet shops. They like to have somewhere to hide but are quite active, swimming and climbing around for a lot of the time. They are VERY good at escaping and this means that you need to make sure your tank is very secure, they can and will climb the glass so any holes in the top need to be sealed. Make sure you have adequate ventilation though, this can be achieved by using fine mesh to cover any holes rather than sealing them off completely. Overall they are friendly and interesting creatures to own, they enjoy being handled and thrive if they are well cared for.

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